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Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper

The train shrieked as it went under a bridge and the noise brought Grace out of her reverie. She had to find a last resting place for her child…

Publishers’ blurb

Grace Parkes has just had to do a terrible thing.

Having given birth to an illegitimate child, she has travelled to the famed Brookwood Cemetery to place her small infant’s body in a rich lady’s coffin. Following the advice of a kindly midwife, this is the only way that Grace can think of to give something at least to the little baby who died at birth, and to avoid the ignominy of a pauper’s grave.

Distraught and weeping, Grace meets two people at the cemetery: Mrs Emmeline Unwin and Mr James Solent. These two characters will have a profound affect upon Grace’s life. But Grace doesn’t know that yet. For now, she has to suppress her grief and get on with the business of living: scraping together enough pennies selling watercress for rent and food; looking after her older sister, who is incapable of caring for herself; thwarting the manipulative and conscience-free Unwin family, who are as capable of running a lucrative funeral business as they are of defrauding a young woman of her fortune.

A stunning evocation of life in Victorian London, with vivid and accurate depictions, ranging from the deprivation that the truly poor suffered to the unthinking luxuries enjoyed by the rich: all bound up with a pacy and thrilling plot, as Grace races to unravel the fraud about to be perpetrated against her and her sister.

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Further information

Mary Hooper’s website

 Mary Hooper page at Lovereading4kids

Mary Hooper page at Bloomsbury Publishing

Mary Hooper Authorgraph at Books for Keeps


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5 comments on “Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mary Hooper’s historical novels are always well researched and include snippets from the press/literature of the time – this title is no exception and offers a vivid insight to the poverty of Victorian Britain as well as being thorougly riveting (if slightly predictable) read.

  2. I am at page 80 and i am not really enjoying the book so far. It is quite confusing because I think there are too many characters. Also I am finding the book quite boring because I don’t think Grace is an interesting character and so far, I am finding the plot very monotonous.

  3. I am starting to enjoy the book a bit more now. More interesting things are happening and I am becoming more familiar with all the characters. However, the plot is quite predictable.

  4. Fallen Grace is an amazing book set in the historical 1840’s. It tells a stunning tale of two young orphaned girls and their life together without guardians. The story is also filled with facts about London in that time. There is many twists in the story and it always makes it even more interesting! I can’t wait to read more 🙂 …

  5. I thought ‘Fallen Grace’ was an amazing book! Set in the 1840’s it tells a beautiful tale of two young sisters, orphaned and living without guardians and fending for themselves. With many twist in the story I look forward to reading more, each chapter filled me with interest and got me excited to read on. This tale is a must read:D.

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